MP takes a tour of estate homes

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WEARSIDE MP Bridget Phillipson has applauded efforts to revamp housing in her constituency.

Ms Phillipson took a tour of housing firm Gentoo’s development at the Racecourse estate in Houghton.

The project includes 28 ultra-green PassivHaus bungalows as well as a mix of family homes and apartments.

The Houghton and Sunderland South MP said: “I am grateful for the opportunity to see the progress of these welcome new housing opportunities for Houghton which will be a major contribution to the regeneration of the Racecourse estate and the neighbouring area.

“I warmly applaud Gentoo for their commitment to Houghton in bringing these initiatives forward.”

The Hutton Rise development has 52 mixed-tenure family two, three and four-bedroom homes and two bed apartments, funded by the Kickstart scheme set up by the last Government.

Half have solar panels to generate electricity, the other half have hot water heating solar panels.

Hutton Rise will also have an Extra Care apartment building for older people. The development is due for completion this summer.

The PassivHaus properties have high levels of air tightness and insulation with a low need for energy. The homes are estimated to cost just £68 per year to provide heating and hot water.

Phase Three of the development, started in February, will include 27 mixed-tenure two, three and four-bedroomed homes and two bed apartments.

The new homes, which will also have solar panels, should be complete early next year.